Looking for a movie you can take the whole family to? Look no further than REAL STEEL!(*)
U.S. Release date: October 7, 2011
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand
Director: Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum” franchise and “Date Night”)
Producers: Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Shawn Levy
Executive Producers: Jack Rapke, Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Steven Spielberg, Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen
Screenplay by: John Gatins
Story by: Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven
Based in part on the short story “Steel” by: Richard Matheson
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
There is nothing worse than paying for a movie ticket for the whole family, and having one or more people in your group not enjoy the film.
This will not be one of those movies. I was pleasantly surprised to find Real Steel has real heart. This movie is funny, it is action packed, and has a sweet father/son story. It is fun, a unique story, and truly has something for everyone in the whole family.
One moment you will find yourself smiling and laughing alongside Max(Dakota Goyo) and the next minute you are cheering on giant boxing robots. Young Dakota really does a great job in this movie. There are moments in the film when I swear I felt like I was looking at my own son, and not because they look alike. The spirit he brings to the movie is one that shouldn’t be passed by.
I personally the relationship between Charlie(Hugh Jackman) and Bailey(Evangeline Lily) extremely relate-able and endearing, while at the same moment wishing Charlie would get his head out of his tush and see the love of his son right in front of him.
I loved the story of “A champion is made not born.” As a parent I found that to be a great lesson for the millions of kids who will be watching the sports movie. Max’s attitude of pushing through and believing in the impossible is something every parent will hope their child walks away from this movie believing.
This movie really truly has something for the whole family. Real Steel has real impact. Plus the robots are REALLY cool!!
(*)Please note: This movie is rated PG-13. There is language in this movie, and a pretty intense fight scene. I personally think ages 10 and up depending on your child will do great with this movie. (Hugh Jackman took his 6 year old daughter to the movie and she loved it.) It comes down to this, as with all “Parental Guidance” ratings, you know your child best.
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